October 1, 2013 | 783 views
Lynbrook victorious on new field
A night of celebration capped by a hard-fought victory. That was what the Lynbrook High School football team experienced last Friday night, playing its first game on a new synthetic-turf field at Marion Street Elementary School. The Owls christened the new playing surface with a 20-15 come-from-behind victory over Conference III rival Bethpage to improve to 2-1 on the season.
“It was a nice night to have this community field for everybody to see,” Lynbrook head coach Steve LoCicero said. “This field is terrific for the entire community, and it puts us in a world-class high school atmosphere for all of our athletics.”
Lynbrook’s new multi-sport field was completed this summer thanks to a $5.6 million bond approved by district voters in June 2012. The field, which is also now home to the high school’s soccer and lacrosse teams, allows extended practice time, because the synthetic surface undergoes less wear and tear than natural grass and drains more efficiently in bad weather, according to district officials. A track around the field is also slated for completion soon.
The field was not ready in time for Lynbrook’s opening game on Sept. 11, so the Owls faced off against Sewanhaka at Long Beach Middle School. Lynbrook came into Friday night’s game having beaten Sewanhaka 39-14 and lost to Plainedge 55-33.
Owls quarterback Joe Grossi helped break in the new field with a memorable offensive performance that included 78 rushing yards on 21 attempts to go along with 4-of-6 passing.
“It means a lot to the community,” Grossi said. “It’s amazing.”
The night did not get off to a celebratory start for Lynbrook, with Bethpage taking an early 8-0 lead on its first offensive possession. Eagles quarterback Christian Ferruzza finished an 87-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown run, and then found running back Yoannis Efstathiou with a pass on a two-point conversion set up by a faked extra point.